Hand percussion refers toany type of percussion instrument from many cultures around the world that is played held in hand. Hand percussion can be made from many materials such as wood, plastic, rattan etc. it is usually played by shaking, scrapping or tapping with fingers or sticks. Some example of hand percussion is marimba and xylophone.
The word ‘percussion’ has been thought of as a drum set by many people. Hand percussions are perhaps the most primitive members of the hand percussion family but they can produce the complex sound to a song. Their complex sound is a reason why hand percussion is still widely used in many genre songs around the world. For example the triangle, shakers and maracas are very simple to use yet in a hand of an expert it can make a song more alive.
Bali treasures offers a wide range of hand percussion products. Our hand percussions have been exported to many countries around the world and used by many percussionists in making performances.
How to play the Hand-Percussion
Hand percussion refers to any type of percussion that is held in hand. It can be scrapped, shaken or tapped with fingers. Playing hand percussion is basically very easy & simple.
Yet to master it and fit the sounds properly into a song or performance require experience and understanding of the complex sounds produced. For example: the shaker (percussion). Nowadays shaker comes in many shapes and made from many materials such as wood or rattan. It can be attached with jingles to add the tones.
A shaker is simply shaken by hands in rhythm so that the sounds created adjacent to the song or a performance being played. The bigger type of shaker is called Shakere or gourd. It is played by two hands holding the shakere and shake it in rhythm in order to create crackling sounds.
There are also scrapper or guiro, triangle etc. All are basically simple to use but need attention and experience so that the unique sound properly adds fun to the song and performance.
How we made Hand-Percussion
There are many types of hand percussion in the market hence the production process is also various. It all needs the right tools, materials and experience of the worker. For example: the frame drum.
The Frame drum shell is made from either wood or PVC. Bali Treasures offers a wide range of PVC frame drum sizes. It can also be tuned using the L or Allen key.
The PVC drum shell is cut into shallow drum shell anda synthetic drum head is attached onto it. The drum head is then tightened and glued so that it can maintain its tightness and long lasting. The PVC frame drum tones resemble the original wooden frame drum tones.
Another example of hand percussion is the guiro or scrapper. The Guiro is made from fiberglass materials. First prepare the mold of the guiro and experienced workers produce the guiro shell from it.
Then the workers use special tools to smoothen the raw shell. After it passes the desired design and sizes the shell is then painted carefully and attached with a rubber line on the open side. Bali treasures offers guiros to many percussion players in the market. Its unique sounds can add more value to a song playing and performance.
Drums are widely found in every culture around the world before 600 BC. It is used in ceremonial, sacred and symbolic associations. The first type of hand percussion instrument was simply two objects hitting to create sounds and rhythms.
Drums evolved from this concept and have continued to evolve since 600BC. Hand percussions are used by major civilizations throughout the world.
Hand percussion instruments have strong ceremonial, sacred or symbolic associations across the world. In Africa certain drums symbolize and protect tribal royalty. They were also used to transmit messages over long distance. Hand percussion also played major role in medieval and renaissance Europe.
The snare drums were used by the military to send messages to the soldiers. Even nowadays some ceremonies around the world is still using hand percussions to perform ancient rituals and praying. Theses ceremonial methods will be preserved from generation to generation to come.update : 2017/06/02